Gender Based Violence In Botswana

Gender Based Violence In Botswana

What is Gender Based Violence

Gender-based violence is a occurrence deep seated in gender inequality, and continues to be one of the most glaring human rights transgressions within all societies and cultures the world over. Gender-based violence is violence directed against a person because of their gender. Both women and men experience gender-based violence though the majority of victims are women and girls which is what Loratong Centre (www.loratongcentre.com) focuses on combatting ,counselling ,healing and empowering women survivors of such atrocious and needless acts .

For a full and brief definition of gender based violence refer to a article published and written by UNFPA Botswana ( https://botswana.unfpa.org/en/topics/gender-based-violence-1 ) which details the astounding numbers of women and girls who fall victim to these horrible acts in-fact the ran a survey that alarmingly states that over 67% of women in Botswana suffer from or have suffered Gender Based Violence.

What We Can Do As A Community

Loratong Centre is driven by a desire to assist women survivors from diverse backgrounds and traumatic experiences by giving them the oportunity to :

Among the many workshops ,trainings and counselling sessions held at Loratong Centre we see the need growing and acknowledge that the task at hand is massive and the need for society ,government, private sector and other NGO organizations to get involved more and help curb the rise and stability of the horrendous statistics we see that have been prevalent and consist for the better part of a decade .

If we hope in politics and laws we will make the suicidal blunder of thinking that laws change hearts. They do not.

-Ravi Zacharias

A Clear Shift In Mindset Is Needed

As noted by the dialogue held to commemorate the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence with Dikgosi (traditional leaders) and community elders in Maun, co hosted by UNFPA (https://botswana.unfpa.org/en/news/dikgosi-central-ending-gender-based-violence) & Women Against Rape (WAR https://www.womenagainstrape.org.bw) in November 2020 .

The drivers of violence against women and girls were described as deep-rooted in patriarchal attitudes and gender stereotypes that persist. The preservation of negative cultural practices and traditional attitudes that serve to perpetuate women’s subordination in the family and society were mentioned several times during the panel discussion. This syndrome we find has long plagued Africa and is also known as the strong man mentality .

Love Is Kind

It is our duty as grandparents ,parents, uncles, aunts ,brothers and sisters to ensure that we pass down morally sound principles to our sons that guide them on how to treat ,respect and acknowledge women in society and to our daughters on how to carry themselves with dignity ,pride and confidence which we believe will be the beginning of a better safer future for our kids .

Conclusion – Loratong Here To Support

As a NGO we offer many resources to survivors of Gender Based Violence ,Ex-Courtesans ,Drug/Alcohol addicts and women from all walks of life as we assess each case individually . With your support we believe that change can be obtained .Let us band together to protect the girl child for a empowered women is a empowered community .

A EMPOWERED WOMEN IS A EMPOWERD COMMUNITY

PEARL NCUBE HASSEN – CEO & FOUNDER LORATONG CENTRE

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